Eight Helpful Things You Can Do to Manage Your Stress During This Pandemic


  • Focus on the things you can control- Like turning off the news, following CDC recommendations, and how you schedule your time.
  • Try to let go of things beyond your control- This includes not dwelling on how long this will last, how others react, and the jerks buying up all the toilet paper at the store.
  • Limit how much you watch the news- Constantly checking in for updates can make you feel more anxious, so get information from reliable sources and then unplug.
  • Stick to familiar routines- Try to be consistent and continue following your healthy diet, proper sleep, and exercise.
  • Make time for your kids to connect with others- Give them a chance to reach out to friends, too.
  • Connect with your family- Try using these daily check-in questions:
    • What am I grateful for today?
    • Who am I checking in on or connecting with today?
    • What expectations of “normal” am I letting go of today?
    • How am I getting outside today?
    • How am I moving my body today?
    • What good am I creating or encouraging today?
  • Laughter can help- Find some comic relief by watching one of the late-night talk shows or even some funny cat videos, if that’s your thing.
  • Remember some days will be better than others- And even though it may not seem like it right now, this won’t last forever.

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